15 January 2008

spicy chipotle vegan brownies

There's something about that combination of heat and sweet, and I love these brownies for that. They hit your tongue soft, sweet, and chocolately, but finish off with a kick. Sweetened with agave, these brownies aren't overly sweet, but you could add a bit more if you like. I made these for a family friend's birthday party and they were a hit! I imagine they would go very well crumbled into some vanilla ice cream.

Spicy Chipotle Vegan Brownies
5 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon water
1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch ground allspice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/4 cup agave nectar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegan margarine, melted (I use Earth Balance) or canola oil
4 oz. dark chocolate, melted and cooled (equals about 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Lightly grease a 9" square baking dish.

2.In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseeds and water, and mix well. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, spices, baking soda, baking powder, salt. Then, add in all of the wet ingredients and the flaxseed mixture and fold well to combine. Fold in chopped nuts, if using.

4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Notes:This makes for a pretty spicy brownie, so decrease the amount of chipotle powder if you want it less hot. If you can't find the chipotle powder, you can substitute 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper. Alternatively, you could omit the chipotle, cinnamon, and allspice altogether for a more traditional brownie.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the amazing recipe. Our lips are chocolatey, our tongues on fire & our tummies content.

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